The people who belong to Generation X are those born between 1965 and 1980. As a generation, it follows the Baby Boomers and precedes the Millennials. The term Generation X first appeared in Douglas Copeland's 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.
Generation X grew up in a period known for advances such as the expansion of personal computers and the onset of the Internet.
They have witnessed changes in the workplace dynamics; for example, they have experienced a greater presence of women in the workforce and the transition to more temporary, less secure jobs.
Members of Generation X have adapted to the birth of social networks. Unlike digital natives or 21st-century generations, they did not grow up with that lifestyle marked by networks. They have adopted platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn to establish personal and professional contacts.
This demographic group is assuming leadership roles as baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are retiring. Both generations have learned to work together.
 The main characteristics of Generation X are:
· Independent: they are known as latchkey kids because they used to come home alone; they have learned to rely on themselves and know how to make the best of any situation. They prefer to have some freedom to make decisions and manage their own time.
· Results-oriented: this generation tends to focus on results and job performance. They value efficiency and performance and are willing to take on new challenges to achieve their goals.
· Development: they value being helped to grow and advance in their careers; they also want to help others achieve the same.
· Work-life balance: although known for their dedication to work, they also value time for family, friends, and personal interests. They have sought ways to balance their work commitments with their personal commitments, demonstrating good time management and prioritization skills.
· Entrepreneurial spirit: they have an entrepreneurial spirit in diverse facets of life, both in the workplace and otherwise. It is one of the most active generations when it comes to starting new businesses. They have also demonstrated this dynamism within their jobs, proposing new ideas and seeking solutions to problems.
· They do not fear change: due to the significant changes they have experienced, they have shown great ability to adjust to them effectively.
These traits of Generation X make them highly valued in today's job market. Employees sought after by companies are those who can work in teams, solve problems efficiently, and focus on performance.
Furthermore, their experience in various areas makes them versatile and capable of adapting to different roles within a company.
We should not confuse this generation with Generation Z (1994-2010). Generation Z grew up in a completely digital era, where smartphones and social networks were present from their youth.
The Pew Research Center has conducted numerous studies and analyses on different generations, including Generation X.
In summary, Generation X stands out for its commitment, entrepreneurial spirit, and being flexible and adaptable. This makes them very competent and successful employees in today's job market.
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The future of organizations is not the exclusive patrimony of the new generations. It is true that the new leadership has a lot to contribute, but it will need the experience and wisdom acquired by the generations that will pass the baton to them.